Friday, July 25, 2008

07/25/08 - Daniel

For our family devotions (having such young children) we study one story all week. We'll read it from the bible, a children's bible, a toddler bible, we'll retell story using our own words, we'll watch a video, sing a song about it...just about anything to have the boys remember the story. The last night (Saturday) is their turn to tell the story. I have enjoyed having family devotions in this manner with our boys.

This week we're studying Daniel and the lions den. (On a side note, Luke, my two year old, woke up yesterday telling me, "There's a lion downstairs!" He came down, checked the house, and announced in his sweet two year old voice, "The lions is gone!"

A brief overview of Daniel 6, is that some of the king's officials were jealous of Daniel and his favor with King Darius, so they smooth talked the king to write a law saying if anyone prayed to any other god than the king, they'd be thrown into the lions pit.

Here was Daniel's reaction:

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Nothing changed! He did not hide or pray with the window closed. He fully trusted that God would protect him...whether He spared his life or not, that didn't matter to him. Pleasing God was far more important to Daniel than what any man made law said.

Do we do this? No there are not laws about praying to only a certain king, but we have unwritten societal laws in our society. Things we just don't talk about, as to not offend someone (abortion and homosexuality are two that instantly come to mind), so we Christian's don't say anything and we watch on the sidelines.

We must be informed and love people enough to share the truth with them. In our society of: what works for you works for you and we must be tolerant of everything mindset, it can be tough standing up for truth (then again our society says there is no such thing as absolute truth)! But take courage my friend and be faithful in what God has called you to!

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